With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
In the first half of this verse we see that the psalmist is saying he has sought God with all of his heart. In reflection to this lets apply that verse to our lives. Can we say that we are seeking God with all of our hearts? Is God our all in all. Do we say we seek him but in reality we seek our own well being. We feed our appetites for entertainment, friendship, lusts of worldly goods. Lust after God’s blessings in a way that will serve us? Do we seek out what is His way? Do we read the scriptures like a mirror? Seeking God is not just talking to Him in prayer. Seeking Him with our whole heart is seeking to be LIKE him in all our ways. This is why the Word of God is so important.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
We need to use the word of God as a mirror in our lives. We see what the word says, and then look at ourselves by what the word of God teaches. When we see that our lives are contrary to the word, we then need to repent. Turn from our ways, turn from what seems right in our own eyes, and conform to the word of God. Repentance is not a bad word. It is giving up our ways for God’s ways. We seek out His word to show us how to be more like he is. In doing this we renew our mind and the word of God takes a hold of our lives and transforms us.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God
We can not serve two masters. We can only serve one. When we try to be in the world, and love the things of the world, and put God aside, we are not seeking God with our whole hearts. God is jealous for us. He wants all of us. Just like we would not want our wives or husbands flirting with others, or our children calling another mother or father, God is the same. He wants us to seek Him. He is our Father. He is our God. Yes sometimes we wander, but if we listen to the Holy Spirit who lives in us, he will always bring us back to Him. We must read and heed the word. If we stay in His word daily, and apply it to our lives, we will wander less and less. We will become more like Him.
So the first half is the key for the second half of the verse. If we pursue God, seek Him with our whole heart, and we refuse to share our affections with the world, then we will not wonder from Him. The difference between the psalmist and the new testament christian, would be the fact that we have the living God in us, as we are His temple. He is not far from us.
So this day I urge you, trust in Jesus Christ, pick up a bible and read it daily, applying the truths of the word to our lives. Not just being readers but doers also. There are many false gospels today, and people who twist scripture. If we love God we will follow His commandments, and if we are not, we will repent, and turn towards the commandments of God. Do not get me wrong. We do not do this to get saved, we do this out of our salvation, for we are saved if we trust in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us. Works will not save us. Our works come out of our salvation from Him. A good tree bears good fruit.
May God richly bless you in His wisdom and love. God bless.